Most people will have no way of knowing their chip isn't working till they try to get on a plane.
Hmm. In which case, presumably they will have to have some system where a damaged passport can still be used - i.e. the 'old way' by someone looking at the mugshot at making some kind of check that the passport is legit.
Making the whole purpose of the biometric passport slightly useles.
Yeah, that sounds about right for the incompetence of this government.
But their corruption is just as bad: So just slip 'em £50 for the party funds and they'll look the other way and pretend they didn't see anything. Make it £100 and they'll throw in an MBE as well.